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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Putting It All Together


Institutions
  • Two political branches: Presidency & Congress
  • Two chambers: House & Senate
  • Two orientations: "right eye" & "left eye"-- all politics is local v. all politics is national
  • Two kinds of party: government & opposition
Interests
  • Ideological and material interests overlap
  • Means of influence:
  1. Electoral campaigns
  2. Grassroots lobbying
  3. Inside lobbying
Ideas
  • Ideas about culture and human nature
  • Ideas about economics
  • Ideas about process: Progressive reforms
Individuals
  • The thinkers: Madison and Wilson
  • The policy guys
  • The leaders

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